The Nintendo 3DS seems to be on course to have a strong holiday showing in Nintendo’s home country this year, despite its previously disappointing sales figures. The gain in momentum comes in large part due to the device’s massive price cut on August 12th (11th in Japan).
Possibly just as integral to the system’s success in Japan was the recent unveiling of two Monster Hunter products for the 3DS at the Tokyo Game Show. Capcom will be bringing a 3D remake/expansion of Monster Hunter Tri to the portable, as well as the currently exclusive Monster Hunter 4. The franchise consistently moves like crazy in Japan, so one would figure news of its continuance on the 3DS sent the biggest fans running to stores.
Here are the Japanese hardware sales results for the week of September 12th thru 18th, 2011, courtesy of Media Create.
The software charts are dominated by PS3, Wii and DS titles, with a few PSP titles peppered in. The Xbox 360 is represented by one, count it, one title in the top 50; that game is the Japanese developed Dunamis 15. The Nintendo 3DS features only six titles in the list.
Interestingly enough on the software side of last week’s Japanese sales was the positioning of one relatively recently released first party Nintendo 3DS game. Star Fox 64 3D launched for the 3DS in Japan in the middle of this past July. Currently, the game is ranked at 47 out of 50 in sales. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D released a full month earlier and consistently breaks into the top 10 and hit position number eight last week.
What does that say about the longevity and importance of Star Fox 64 as a gaming classic? Sure, Ocarina of Time is a banner product, but Star Fox 64 is one of the best games Nintendo‘s ever published. Its poor chart performance is not indicative of its quality.
Pictured above: Kinkakuji, Temple of the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto, Japan. Built in the 14th century, burned to the ground in the 20th century by a monk gone mad, rebuilt and currently famous. Don’t confuse it with Ginkakuji, Temple of the Silver Pavilion, built 100 years later in Kyoto.
[via Media Create]